MDST110-1 (Schedule # 93859)
University of Virginia
Fall 2004
MW 2:00-3:15 :: 108 Clark Hall
Mr. David Golumbia
Office: 304B Bryan
Fall 2004 Office Hours: T 1-2, W 12-2

Information Technology and Digital Media Studies

Links: Media Studies 110 main page - Media Studies 110 lecture syllabus

Lab Instructors

Discussion and Lab Syllabus

The lab sections for MDST 110 are intended to provide students with an opportunity to discuss issues and ideas from lectures in greater detail among a smaller peer group.

In addition, lab time will be used to instruct students in the basics of HTML and Web-based information architecture, which will be result in the creation of three projects: a web page, web site, and a case study website. Lab goals are summarized as follows:

Web skills: basic to intermediate HTML and web design, navigation, organization, writing for the Web medium

Writing/analytic skills: understanding arguments, writing syntheses, making an argument

Research skills: finding and assessing sources, classifying/organizing information

Participation: generating shared understanding of informed, diverse viewpoints and promoting intellectual community among peers

Grades: All grades are based on assessment criteria relevant to the project AND on the student’s participation in class. Web page 5%, Web Site 5%, Case Study 10%.

Web Page: Demonstrates basic HTML skills for creation and design of a home page. Criteria are logic, design “look”, and effect. ALL MDST 110 students must demonstrate that they can make a web page from HTML to pass this class. Each page must have at least one live url, and a direct email link to the student.

Resource Site: Investigates navigation and information structure in a web site of at least five pages designed for someone OTHER than the student. Criteria are content, design, organization, navigation. The site will also offer an opportunity to show the link between information presentation and world-view in a “world according to” model.

Case Study: An in-depth study of the impact of digital media on a particular area of contemporary culture. Criteria include content, design, organization, navigation, credibility of sources, writing, argument, and contribution to understanding. Students may work in teams, but each will be individually responsible for a presentation of the material in web format.

Week of August 30: Lab 1

Week of September 6: Lab 2

Week of September 13: Lab 3

Week of September 20: Lab 4

Week of September 27: Lab 5

Week of October 4: Lab 6

Week of October 11: Lab 7

Week of October 18: Lab 8

Week of October 25: Lab 9

Week of November 1: Lab 10

Week of November 8: Lab 11

Week of November 15: Lab 12

Week of November 22 Lab Holiday (Thanksgiving)

Week of November 29: Lab 13

Week of December 6: Lab 14

*** Students who elect to satisfy the HTML requirement by testing will NOT receive any credit towards their grade. But ALL students MUST be able to do HTML to PASS this class. This is only for students who choose NOT to participate in Lab during the semester.


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